Brief Bio of J.J. (Jay) Carney:

I am Professor of Theology and African Studies and Director of the Christian Spirituality Program at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA, where I have taught since 2011. My scholarship lies at the intersection of history and theology with a particular focus on the Catholic experience in eastern and central Africa.  I am especially interested in questions concerning modern church history, political theology, the theology of reconciliation, public religious leadership, church and state, ecclesiology, Ignatian spirituality, and sport and theology.  Most recently, I conducted a research project on base ecclesial communities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At Creighton, I teach courses including the Christian Tradition Global Visions, Church History, Sport and Spirituality, African Christianity, the Spirituality of Reconcliiation, and Christianity and the Rwandan Genocide. During the 2018-19 academic year, I served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at Uganda Martyrs University in Nkosi, Uganda, and I have also taken Creighton students to Rwanda and Tanzania. I hold a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville), a Masters of Divinity from Duke University, and a PhD in Church History from the Catholic University of America (Washington, DC). My wife Becky and I have 4 children: R.J. (18), Annabelle (16), Samuel (14), and Adelaide (10). 

Recent Publications: 

My most recent publications are as follows:  

Other Published Books: 

The Surprise of Reconciliation in the Catholic Tradition (Co-Edited with Laurie Johnston; Paulist Press, 2018). The result of a three-year collaboration with 15 scholars, this volume's contribution comes through its broad historical range and scope, exploring global case studies in reconciliation and peacebuilding from the 1st century to today. Topics include St. Paul's understanding of social reconciliation, Muslim-Christian co-existence in medieval Spain, the medieval Peace of God movement, community resistance to Shining Path violence in Peru, and the practice of forgiveness in eastern Africa. Contributors explore how Christian practices such as monastic silence, sacramental anointing, and restitution can serve constructive roles in broader communal processes of social reconciliation.   

Rwanda Before the Genocide: Catholic Politics and Ethnic Discourse in the Late Colonial Era (Oxford University Press, 2014). A detailed examination of the Catholic Church's controversial history in Rwanda, this book focuses on the period between 1952 and 1962 when Hutu-Tutsi tensions escalated into political violence. This  book won the African Studies Association's Ogot Award for best book in eastern African studies in 2015.  

Published Articles: 

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"Global Catholicism: Diverse, Troubled, Holding Steady," International Bulletin of Missionary Research 46.1 (2022): 25-34. 

"Inculturating through the Lens of Liberation: John Mary Waliggo and the Renewal of Catholic Tradition in Africa," Journal of Moral Theology 10.2 (2021): 194-211. 

"Benedicto Kiwanuka and Catholic Democracy in Uganda," Journal of Religious History 44.2 (2020): 212-229. 

"How Uganda's award-winning Catholic radio station is changing the lives of its listeners," America Magazine (2019). 

"Modern Roman Catholic Mission and the Legacy of Uganda's Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga," International Bulletin of Missionary Research (2018)

"Go Set Africa on Fire? Lessons in Evangelization and Globalization from Early Jesuit Missions in Ethiopia" Journal of Religion and Society (2018)

"The Politics of Ecumenism in Uganda, 1962-1986," Church History (2017)

"Uganda's Good Shepherd: The Public Witness of Emmanuel Cardinal Nsubuga, 1966-1986," The Waliggo: A Philosophical and Theological Journal (2017)

"Christendom in Crisis: The Catholic Church and Postcolonial Politics in Central Africa," Routledge Companion to African Christianity (2016)

"From Categorization to Communion Ethnic Identity and Catholic Reconciliation in Post-Genocide Rwanda," Journal of Religion and Society (2016) 

"A Generation of Genocide: Catholic Reconciliation in Rwanda," Theological Studies (2015)

"The Bishop is Governor Here": Bishop Nicholas Djomo and Catholic Leadership in Democratic Republic of Congo," in Leadership in Postcolonial Africa: Trends since Independence, edited Baba Jallow (2015)

"The People Bonded Together by Love: Eucharistic Ecclesiology and Small Christian Communities in Africa," Modern Theology (2014)

"The Danger of Description: The Ethnic Labeling of the Poor in Colonial Rwanda," Journal of Religion and Society (2013)

"Beyond Tribalism: The Hutu-Tutsi Question and Catholic Rhetoric in Colonial Rwanda," Journal of Religion in Africa (2012)

"Far from having unity, we are trending towards total disunity: The Catholic Major Seminary in Rwanda: 1950-62," Studies in World Christianity (2012)

"Roads to Reconciliation: An Emerging Paradigm of African Theology," Modern Theology (2010)

"Reconsidering Ecclesia in Africa in the Shadow of the Rwandan Genocide," African Ecclesial Review (2008)